6 Zombie Movies With a Lone Protagonist

Sometimes you just have to face the hordes alone

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Here is a list of movies that deal with the zombie apocalypse but focus on a single person going it alone. Where loneliness is just as much of an antagonist as the zombies.

Two caveats:

I don’t want to deal with the definitions of the undead vs the infected vs brain-eating emaciated zombie vampires. If it walks like a zombie, groans like a zombie, and stinks like a zombie, it’s a zombie, okay?

There are very few movies with a person entirely alone the whole time. Variety of conflict comes from meeting other survivors. So, in this article, I am looking at protagonists who are effectively alone for a large chunk of the runtime.

1. Cargo

Cargo (2017)

Technically, the protagonist is never alone, as he is carrying a baby across Australia in the grip of a zombie apocalypse. But it is a lonely journey where he must find a safe haven for his precious cargo.

2. The Night Eats the World

The Night Eats the World (2018)

Set entirely in an apartment block in Paris, a guy wakes up in the middle of a zombie outbreak. As he waits it out, his sanity wears a little thin.

3. #Alive

#Alive (2020)

A Korean movie, very similar to The Night Eats the World, about a young guy trapped in his apartment by the Z hordes.

4. I am Legend

I am Legend (2007)

Will Smith stars in this adaptation of Richard Matheson’s book of the same name. A scientist seems to be the last human alive in a city which is his during the day, but at night, belongs to zombie vampires. Bonus: There’s also “The Last Man on Earth” and “The Omega Man” based on the same book.

5. Here Alone

Here Alone (2016)

A serious, small scale movie about a woman hiding out in the forest. She eventually gets company, but she’s totally alone for a very long time.

6. It Stains the Sands Red

It Stains the Sands Red (2016)

If The Terminator was a zombie and it was set in the desert, you’d have It Stains the Sands Red. A woman is perpetually chased and hounded by a single zombie. It’s better than it sounds.

Six lonely protagonists, taking on zombies all by themselves. There’s an extra dose of fear with a solitary protagonist. No support or guidance, nobody to watch your back or watch over you while you sleep. Nobody to question your decision and offer better alternatives. You’re alone and vulnerable. I find that entire concept to be chilling, but also quite liberating. There’s also nobody to stab you in the back, nobody to share resources with, and nobody to argue with or ruin your plans.

What do you think? Would you rather be on your own in the zombie apocalypse, free, unconstrained, answering to no one, living solely by your wits and ingenuity? Or would you prefer the safety of a group, with all the rules, compromise, arguments, and second-guessing that goes with it?

Scifi writer, roboticist, and game developer, 2x Quora Top Writer. I write about writing speculative fiction, computer graphics, AI, evolution, and programming.

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